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by Shane Stokes
August 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky signs Tour de l’Avenir jersey winners Bernal, Sivakov and Halvorsen; Froome rejects calls for salary caps in cycling; Stybar inks two year contract extension with QuickStep Floors; UAE Team Emirates signs European champion Kristoff and former world under 23 champion Bystrøm; Bauer signs two-year contract with Orica-Scott; Talented Australian duo Hindley and Storer to turn pro with Team Sunweb; Armstrong Savola joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director; Tankink set for 18th pro season, will continue with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Women’s transfer news: Kitchen and Slik transfer to FDJ; Women’s transfer news: Moberg and Aalerud to VeloCONCEPT; Olympic champion Schurter takes unprecedented clean sweep; Video: Team Sunweb’s Marc Reef talks about the exclusion of Warren Barguil
In a move which has been met with celebration by some and dismay by others, Team Sky has secured the services of some of the best young talent in cycling. The squad has announced deals with Colombia’s Egan Bernal, Russian rider Pavel Sivakov and Norwegian sprinter Kristoffer Halvorsen, who all rode strongly in the recent Tour de l’Avenir.
Bernal won the race overall and also won two consecutive mountain stages. Baby Giro winner Sivakov won Sunday’s final leg and took the King of the Mountains classification, while world under 23 road race champion Halvorsen also won a stage and was best in the points classification.
Team Sky has come under some criticism due to its huge budget – thought to be the largest in cycling – and apparent buying-up of talents, thus limiting competition in the sport. Signing three of the best young riders in cycling will further this, although Chris Froome has rejected calls for a salary cap [see below].
While the squad has had mixed results in developing talent in the past, Team Sky Principal Dave Brailsford said that the future is bright. “We are establishing a group of exceptional young riders at Team Sky. I have no doubt they are going to make a big impact and be an important part of our future,” he stated.
“They have chosen to come to Team Sky because they know that our team is a place where they can best fulfil their potential, achieve their goals and be part of a winning culture. I believe the group of home grown and international young talent we are building represents the brightest future we have ever had at Team Sky”.